So a question for you.
Why do some people think it is okay to flout the lawful rules or policies of a private company, even if they disagree? Even if they are objectively unreasonable?
My Plane, My Rules
See, I don’t want to talk about masks today. If it is any consolation, I’ll just come out and say I strongly dislike them. Yes, I wear them. No, they are not unreasonably intrusive. Yes, I will always wear them as long as I am required and even when I am not, if they make others around me feel safer. But I don’t like them.
And while perhaps masks are an inevitable component of this discussion, this could be for anything. Indeed, it could be that an airline prohibits masks onboard.
There’s a certain absurdity to many rules and regulations, but that doesn’t mean we can just pretend they don’t exist or ignore them.
I guess I’m trying to be diplomatic, but it comes down to this:
No shirt. No shoes. No service.
As in, my company, my rules…I don’t really care what your excuses are. As long as I am not acting unlawfully, I can set the oddest policies I want…and will certainly suffer the consequences for them if they are ill-timed, poorly thought out, or unreasonable in the eyes of my customers.
Rules are points at which deviation is measured from and as such, often leave wiggle room.
But if I ask you to wear socks while you are on my plane, you need to wear socks. And if I prohibit you from wearing obscene shirts, you cannot wear them.
When it comes to something which may interfere with or impact others, I have additional leeway. If I’m running an airline, my policy would be: No cologne. No perfume. No excuses.
Think about what happens if everyone just does their own thing. Rules are the prerogative and within the purview of a private company. If you are for “law and order” and the respect of “private enterprise,” I just don’t understand how you can knowingly refuse to abide by lawful rules and regulations imposed by the company you choose to do business with.